Pathways Within Pathways


The poet, Robert Frost wrote “two roads diverged in a yellow wood, and, sorry I could not travel both and be one traveler, long I stood…

 Within marriage there are roads taken and roads passed by. We see the journeys within marriage as paths that converge and separate, intertwine and veer off. Let’s look at a few of these.

The world we bring to marriage is our own ‘inner’ world. This could be thought of as the first journey within marriage because we travelled it long before we met yet its authenticity, depth, challenges and integrity will have a great deal to do with the quality of our relationship.

The pathway of individual discovery, growth, wounds, aspirations, hopes and challenges can be seen through our personal history, the milestones in our lives, our recurring challenges and the beauty of the gifts we bring to this world.

It is safe to say that much personal psychotherapy resonates with the challenges of this inner journey. Here the question of “who am I really?” is addressed. Here we continue to explore regardless of outer success – fame or fortune. Here others know us as real or grounded or genuine or they feel discomfort around us.

Your inner world journey provides a path that you find meaningful, true and resonant to your deepest values and longing. It is the basis for another journey in marriage – the journey of intimate connecting. More on that next week.

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